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Malavika Velayanikal
Idea-chaser, trivia-junkie, inua. Malavika is a fictionista moonlighting as a scribe. She detests desks, will find excuse to step out of cube and go far to hear a good story. She dreams of teaching yoga in the mountains, but for now, is in love with entrepreneurs and innovators. Her passion for storytelling has found a perfect match with the protean world of startups. How to tell their tales in compelling ways consumes her. She's mostly based in Bangalore, India. You can tweet her @vmalu or email her at malavika@techinasia.com with news tips, story ideas or feedback.
Is it a direct question you ask to know if the customer is a promoter or detractor?

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Cherry on the cloud: a SaaSy way to act fast on customer feedback
Hi Prem. Do you ask a direct question to know if the customer is a promoter or detractor?

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Cherry on the cloud: a SaaSy way to act fast on customer feedback
Hey Leighton. They've been backing companies using tech to bridge the digital gap for India's huge rural agriculture-based population - like Milk Mantra is doing for dairy farmers. But they're raising a much bigger fund this year - so it's a VC to watch for our colleague in Mumbai. Do you know these guys, Nikita?

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This Indian VC is looking toward Indonesia for early stage startups
Hey Leighton. They've been backing companies using tech to bridge the digital gap for India's huge rural agriculture-based population - like Milk Mantra is doing for dairy farmers. But they're raising a much bigger fund this year - so it's a VC to watch for our colleague in Mumbai. Do you know these guys, @Nikita ?

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This Indian VC is looking toward Indonesia for early stage startups
Hey Leighton. They've been backing companies using tech to bridge the digital gap for India's huge rural agriculture-based population - like Milk Mantra is doing for dairy farmers. But they're raising a much bigger fund this year - so it's a VC to watch for our colleague in Mumbai. Do you know these guys, Nikita?

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This Indian VC is looking toward Indonesia for early stage startups
Housing founders seem to have made faster growth a priority in a competitive market. Is that wrong?

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Housing saga: Why picking money because it’s available isn’t a good thing
Fascinating to hear about the early days and the clash of cultures between expat managers and Alibaba founders.

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TiA podcast: the inside story of Alibaba’s rise with Porter Erisman
My takeaway is a combo of two quotes - 'Don't let the opinions of others drown out your inner voice' and 'Innovation is also saying no to a thousand things'. Find a way to balance those two, and you're all set :)

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Inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs for entrepreneurs
He is certainly the most unique character in India's startup scene, and doesn't mind shaking up the established order. Let's see how it goes.

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Meet the real Rahul Yadav: I found him ‘rocking it’ in his Mumbai office
How is it better than the other phones you used earlier, Shankar?

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Xiaomi launches cheaper, thinner, more colorful Mi 4i in India
Smart move. Aavishkar is living up to its name, which means 'discovery'.

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This Indian VC is looking toward Indonesia for early stage startups
What's the sense you got about his relationship with co-workers in the office?

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Meet the real Rahul Yadav: I found him ‘rocking it’ in his Mumbai office
What's the sense you got about his relationship with co-workers in the office? Were they comfortable with him or did he seem like difficult boss to work with?

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Meet the real Rahul Yadav: I found him ‘rocking it’ in his Mumbai office
Hi Ariff. Is it different serving high-end restaurants compared to budget restaurants? And how is the market in China different from that in SEA?

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Hi I’m Arrif, CEO & Founder from Chope. Ask Me Anything!
Chope combo of booking service and management system for restaurants is interesting. Wonder if the likes of Zomato and Yelp have thought of that.

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Online restaurant booking service Chope raises $8M, revenue doubled in past year
Thank you, Gaurav. In other words, StayGlad will not stay glad with one service for long!

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Month-old StayGlad bags funding to provide doorstep beauty services in just 20 minutes
To do what you love or love what you do? That is the question a modern Hamlet might ask

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Don’t follow your passion, says Ben Horowitz
Is a niche app like this better than an all-services one like UrbanClap which also just got funded?

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Month-old StayGlad bags funding to provide doorstep beauty services in just 20 minutes
That thing in the background of their picture looks like a scene from Hitchcock's Birds!

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Emergence of service ecommerce: India’s UrbanClap bags $10M from SAIF and Accel Partners
Apart from video, what else has Facebook Lite dropped?

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Facebook’s new ‘Lite’ app aims for the next billion users in India
I can only make a guess - it probably has to do with having a very large migrant population and a higher percentage of well-off people, thanks to the tech boom. (It's easier to have the courage to come out when you have money and influence.) Bangalore also has the biggest counterculture art community in India, many of whose members are also leading gay activists. But having said that, gay campaigns first began in Mumbai - although there it faces strong repression now from rightist groups who are powerful politically.

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Gay marriage: why are Asian tech companies so silent?
India's tech hub Bangalore has one of the most active gay communities in the country, with support from many liberal-minded people and institutions such as Christ College, which holds campus awareness programs. But among tech companies, only Google India has been brave enough to come out with sponsorship of gay pride marches and other events. And not the big Indian tech companies and startups, most of which are based in Bangalore.

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Gay marriage: why are Asian tech companies so silent?
Hi Jeff. Korea is one of the Asian tigers who transformed their economy long before India or China. How come the startup scene is warming up only now?

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SparkLabs’ jam-packed fifth demo day ‘indicative of Korean startup fever’
Which are the most disruptive among the many startups trying to solve the problem of hiring in India?

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A new breed of startups is redefining recruitment in India
How many Indian startups have bought Valley startups?

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Simplilearn acquires startup to teach digital marketing to users
I agree. It's a colonial vestige.

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With fresh funding, GetMyPeon will make running errands easier
I'm in the middle of reading his book. He's shared so many personal experiences, both hard things and fun stuff. Fascinating!

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What’s the hard thing about hard things? Ben Horowitz will tell you at Tech in Asia Tokyo 2015
New goodies all the time. Love the comments box. What next?

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6 features to check out on Tech in Asia
So, who gets to invest in these startups initially?

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India wants its startups to try ‘e-IPO’ instead of taking cash from foreign VCs
Huge market in India for hiring. So I guess enough space for several startups to succeed with different and nuanced solutions.

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A new breed of startups is redefining recruitment in India